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Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes scores initial victory in lawsuit against The Advocate

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes scored a significant victory in his defamation suit against The Advocate, the state’s largest daily newspaper, when a district court determined he had established a “probability of success” on his claim.

Hughes is suing The Advocate on charges that the newspaper defamed him when it published in 2019 that Hughes had ruled on a 1999 custody case while dating the attorney for one of the litigants. Hughes claims the publication was false and that The Advocate knew it was false, due to its own investigation and court documents in its possession, thus exhibiting actual malice toward him. Read more...

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